Wednesday, February 27, 2013

NAHBS 2013 final thoughts

Finally caught up on some sleep after the mega push from Denver to Phila.

Met a lot of really cool people, they're all super nice.  Some of the Moots crew, Rody from Groovy, Paragon Machine works guys, Tim from Shamrock, Andy who does a lot of a machining for Ericksen, Engin, and others, Jeff from Sputnik, etc. Sorry if I'm forgetting anyone.

The Moots party Saturday night was great.  I drank a lot.  That made functioning Sunday quite difficult.

After all the amazing landscapes we saw on the road, hands down western PA has some of the most beautiful if you can believe it.  Wonderful old farms and barns on rolling hillside leading in to layered blue round top mountains.  It really does it for me.  New Mexico and Texas panhandle had some really cool views but not as pretty as PA.

Lots of classic rock radio stations were listened to.  The song we heard most---  ready for this one?  I would  not have guessed it--
Steve Miller Band, Jet Airliner.
That was played pretty much on every classic rock station we drove through.

The best cup of coffee I had (and there were many ounces of coffee consumed) was from this not-particularly-nice looking hole-in-the-wall Mexican joint in Dumas, Texas called La Herradura.  The burrito was good too, but the coffee was amazing, I can't get over it.  Ed made the mistake of trying to put his contact lenses in after consuming particularly hot salsa verde.  This did not make his eyeballs happy.

So many cars in ditches from the snow.  Saw the aftermath of a 6+/- tractor trailer pile-up.  whoa. Has to have been somewhere between 50 and 75 cars in the ditch.  Insane.  If it's snowing, SLOW DOWN PEOPLE!!

Finally the List of states we drove through.  Would have been considerably fewer if it wasn't for snow on the way out and in.

West Virginia
New Mexico

Also wanna thank my boss, Drew, of Engin/Wissahickon Cyclery for letting me help.  It was fun, now lets sell some bikes!

Thanks for reading.  Back to the various miscellaneous intermittent pointless content that is Rack n Roll.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

NAHBS 2013 Wrap Up

Well, it's 8 o'clock tuesday.  We got back into the city around 2pm after driving straight through from Denver.  The way out we had to take the southern route to avoid snow (we still had to travel through some). The way home we had to take the northern route to avoid a second blizzard!  We beat the storms altogether on the the way home.  Last bit of pictures here...

Monday, February 25, 2013

Some show pictures

Here'a just a few pictures of what I found neat. Ti gearbox mtb from paragon machine works, and a classic styles road bike from Alchemy built with NOS 8 speed Dura-Ace.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Quick text update

Partying hard at the Moots after party. Moots and Paragon Machine Works are very good people. Denver is very cool.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Road pics

Pictures from the road, had to add an extra 400 miles to avoid the snow storm.

The Booth

Engin Cycles booth

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Hey bike shop, see you in a week.

3:30am, off to NAHBS in Denver.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Test 2

Bleep blop bloop


Trying out blogger on the phone, that way I can make posts from NAHBS next week!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

"The Big Storm"

Most of the Northeast was dumped with a lot of snow.  All we got was a lot of cold cold rain, and a little snow.  The pavement turned into a sheet of ice.  My wife came back from her normal dog-walking routine in the AM and strongly suggested I mount the studded tires for the ride into work.  

It was a really good idea considering the first leg of my commute was a 4 mile sheet of ice.  I had a couple close calls but managed to keep it upright.

The second leg of my commute is a dirt road (a park road closed to traffic).  That held the snow and didn't get icy. The heavy lugging of the studded tires was a lot better in the snow than my usual tires.  The picture below is from the ride home, after all the snow got packed down from park users.  It was much easier going than the ride into work.